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Recycle Week places responsibility on each of us to ‘Step it Up’

It is hard to believe that another year has passed, but once again we find ourselves in September and celebrating Recycle Now’s annual Recycle Week.  

Running from 20th-26th September, the theme of this year’s Recycle Week is ‘Step it Up’. This theme encourages each of us to ‘step up’ our recycling habits to tackle the mounting Climate Crisis. 

The desperate state of the climate has become impossible to ignore. Whether it be the flooding that swept across Europe and the UK this summer or the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report on the dangers facing the planet unless there is a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, there are signs across the world that action must be taken immediately. 

While much of this action must come from governments and corporations, Recycle Now is working to promote the personal changes each of us can make to help solve the crisis. 

Recycling is one of the easiest ways that we can all reduce our impact on the environment, making the most of our resources by reprocessing and reusing them. For example, recycling an aluminium can saves up to 95% of the energy required to make an aluminium can from raw materials. 

Although the nation has made huge strides since Recycle Week was first launched in 2004, increasing the household recycling rate from 20% to 46%, there is still much more that we can do.  

A recent study by the Centre for Social Innovation found there has been a rise in ‘wishcycling’ during the pandemic, which means that many who consider themselves to be good at recycling end up putting items in the wrong bin to reduce the guilt of sending it to landfill. While these mistakes are well-intentioned, they often contaminate whole loads of material that cannot then be recycled. 

Issues such as this show the impact that each of us can have on the recycling stream and the steps we still need to take to improve. If you are unsure of what changes you can make, Casepak’s recycling guide provides essential tips on recycling at home. 

Three easy ways to improve your recycling quality are: 

After working together to control the Covid-19 pandemic over the last eighteen months, we now must now bring the same energy and determination to bear to counter the Climate Crisis. Recycle Week is just one way that you can do this.  

So, get involved around the house and on social media, sharing your ingenious recycling techniques with others through the hashtag #RecycleWeek to help us all improve our recycling habits and reduce our impact on the environment. 

For more information on Recycle Week, visit the Recycle Now website.